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    Let's take a break from all this Surface stuff and talk Pocket Casts for Windows Phone! I've got Russell Ivanovic from Shifty Jelly here to talk Windows Phone, app development, Build announcements, and most importantly, Pocket Casts.
     
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    Dave
    I love this day. The day when Synology releases an update to their operating system, DiskStation Manager.  Today, it's 5.2.  We have talked about the beta on the podcast and now it's baked and ready to go for anyone with a x10 or later Synology NAS.  I'm especially excited because a DS1515 just arrived and it will get 5.2 immediately!  I'll be comparing some of the new features on the 1515 to the DS415+.  Stay tuned for more on that but in the meantime, read to the bottom and go download 5.2!








    Synology Refines Award-Winning OS with New DiskStation Manager 5.2

    New Features Help Customers Optimize NAS for Better Usability, Efficiency, and Security


    Bellevue, WA – May 12, 2015 – Today, Synology America Corp. announced updates to the company’s award-winning operating system with the launch of DiskStation Manager 5.2.  The new OS offers more features to help businesses create customized storage solutions for development, backups, restoration, cloud technology, security, and caching. To improve the multimedia and mobile experience, DSM 5.2 also added refinements to Note Station, DS note, DS audio, DS photo+, and Audio Station.



    “At Synology, we are constantly improving our software, so companies can access the full power of their NAS. From Docker to enhanced backups, we designed DSM 5.2 to help customers get the most all around value out of their storage,” said Jason Bonoan, product marketing manager at Synology.
     

    UPDATED BUSINESS FEATURES

    More Development Tools.
    With the addition of Docker, developers and system administrators can simplify the process for creating, deploying, and running virtualized applications on Synology NAS.


    Upgraded File Backups and Replication.
    Smart Recycling, Single File Versioning, and iSCSI LUN snapshot make it easier to backup files, restore data, and optimize storage for greater efficiency. iSCSI LUN snapshots guarantee data consistency. When combined with Smart Recycling, users can set the NAS to automatically delete redundant file versions, and free up storage for other uses.
     

    Added Security for Cloud Technology, File Syncing, and Encryption.
    Cloud Sync now offers one-way sync to help prevent unauthorized file updates. Additional advancements allow data encryption before it is transferred to the Cloud. The new DSM 5.2 also supports SMB 3 encryption for more security options.


    SSD Caching that Uses 90 Percent Less Memory.
    With the DSM 5.2, SSD caching memory requirements have been reduced by 90 percent compared to the DSM 5.1. Now, IT departments can lower acquisition costs for memory.
     

    A REFINED MULTIMEDIA & MOBILE EXPERIENCE

    Improved Organizational Tools for Better Project Management.
    Updates to Note station and DS note make it easier to create, organize, and use to-do lists.


    Better Music Streaming.
    With enhancements to DS audio and Audio Station, users can navigate playlists with greater ease, while enjoying better sound quality.
    The Ultimate Slideshow.
    For captivating slideshows and presentations, DS photo+ has added support for Chromecast and DLNA-compatible devices, so users can display photos on their TV screens.
     

    Availability


    The Synology DSM 5.2 is free for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, or Embedded DataStation x10 series and onward. To download, visit: www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2. For DSM 5.2 release notes go to: www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2/software_spec.
    About Synology


    Synology creates network attached storage and IP surveillance solutions that transform the way users manage data and conduct surveillance in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralize data storage and backup, share files on-the-go, and implement professional surveillance solutions in reliable and affordable ways. Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and the best in-class customer services.  For more information about Synology visit: www.synology.com


    Dave

    One Week With Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Pleasantly Surprised!
     
    That's how I feel every time I pick up and use my Surface 3. I use my Surface 3 as a tablet 90% of the time. Not the norm, I know. I prefer using Windows 8.1 as a tablet first, touch-based OS. I prefer the UI to Android or iOS, and enjoy the power that lies behind the simplified Start screen. I have reviewed several Windows tablets for SurfaceGeeks and have used even more that I have never wrote a word about. In short, The Surface 3 is perfect for me.
     
    What I've Been Using...
     
    In 2015 alone, I have owned an iPad Air 2 Wifi + Cellular (returned within 24-hours), Surface Pro 3 i3 (couple months), and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE (still using it). I have also been using an Asus Eeebook X205 that I picked up from the Microsoft Store for $179. My home desktop is a Mac mini running Yosemite and my work PC is a Lenovo small form factor PC running Windows 7. iOS is just not for me anymore, and I found the Air 2 not great to use without a kickstand. The Surface Pro 3 is awesome and the i3 model has few flaws IMO. The only negative for me was that I was using it as a tablet in my hands, and it could sometimes feel a little heavy and was usually unwieldily when walking around my home/office. Although, if not for learning about the Surface 3, I likely would still have the Pro 3. The Tab S has been an amazing one handed tablet with a plethora of applications that run well. I bought it for only $279, and yes that is with AT&T LTE support! However, I can't really get work done on the device. I don't want to have to carry a full size keyboard around and the custom keyboard by Samsung is just way too small. The Asus Eeebook has been an amazing device, considering its low price. But I missed having touch, and the BayTrail ATOM + 2GB RAM did sometimes feel slow for select desktop application. IE and Chrome were not a pleasure to use. Office ran OK, and benefitted from a decent keyboard and trackpad.
     
    The Perfect Surface?
     
    The day after the announcement of the Surface 3, I hit up my local Microsoft Store. It was love at first touch. Compared to the Pro 3, the Surface 3 felt noticeably lighter, the screen looked better to my eyes, and even the Type Cover performed better for me. I spent over an hour evaluating the 2GB model on the store floor, and chatted with the Store Manager. We were both super excited for Microsoft's newest device. Over the weeks that followed, my excitement remained strong as I saw unboxing from VIPs, bloggers and reviewers. Then the reviews started coming in. What was great is they didn't all come in at once. Every few days I would find a new written or video review about the Surface 3. For the most part, everyone was pleased with the device. Complaints seemed to focus on the key accessories being optional, and the battery life being hit or miss.
     
    I was fortunate enough to receive my Surface 3 bundle on launch day. I received a Surface 3 4GB/128GB model, a red Type Cover 3 and a red Surface Pen. I used the Type Cover during the initial setup of the device. Although I didn't do too much typing, I didn't make one mistake. I pair the Surface Pen, but never actually touched it to the screen. Since then, the accessories have been in my sleeve, but not used either of them since Day 1. The accessories are great and I love knowing I have them, but they literally won't be used more than a couple day a year. Hopefully, I will use the Surface Pen more because it looks and functions very well. The type Cover will be used when traveling and the Surface 3 is my only computer.
     
    Now to the Surface 3 itself. I used it everyday. At work, it is the device I grab to bring to meetings. Throughout the day, the Surface 3 is used to play music, watch YouTube videos, browse Twitter and chat with friends via Messenger. At home, it is my couch and bed companion. I also find it fits nicely next to my monitor on my desk and is used as a second screen. The hardware is first rate. There is a reason Microsoft charges $499 and up. No other tablet feels this good. The weight is perfectly balanced. Color accuracy of the screen and speaker performance is exceptional. Although not as flexible as the Pro 3, the kickstand is almost as good. It is nice not having to fiddle with it to get it just right. And it can be repositioned better one-handed than the Pro 3. It could use one more position to be perfect IMO. (My first "want" for its successor.) The in-hand feel is what keeps me going back to the Surface 3. I can walk around with it and use it one handed. The kickstand provides extra grip when I am using in two handed. I have't dropped her yet!
     
    Performance was one area I was cautiously keeping an eye on. The first day, I noticed apps installed very fast. Thanks to 802.11AC support, downloads were speedy. The eMMC storage didn't seem to slow installs. Modern UI apps were responsive once loaded. the Xbox Music app loads fairly quickly, MSN Weather is still a stubborn app to launch. All other "Windows" apps performed great and never made me feel like I was waiting. However, IE on the desktop was a bit of a dog. I prefer it over the touch-friendly Modern IE on most devices. Usually, IE runs better than Chrome and other browser on lower or midrange Windows devices. For example, on my BayTrail Asus Eeebook, using Chrome was not a pleasant experience versus IE. On my Surface 3, I took a chance and installed Chrome. It performs better than IE for my use case. Pinned Apps like Messenger, MySMS and PocketCasts all perform very well. And I get to instal extensions like Add to pocket and uBlock (ad-blocking). Checking Task Manager, I don't see any impactful hit on CPU or RAM usage. Until Windows 10 is out, and the Edge browser ready, I'll stick with Chrome. However, I do plan to transition to Edge when it is ready. Office has been installed, but only launched when I need to review work documents. I'm using the Mail, Calendar and People apps for my work email and calendaring needs. Since settling in, performance has been great and the ATOM x7 has given me no cause for concern. The 1-2 second pauses that made me miss the i3 Pro 3 seem to be gone or I have just gotten used to them. Clearly, they are not that impactful.
     
    Battery life reviews have been all over the place. I don't have hard numbers to share. My in my daily use, the battery life has been phenomenal. Yes, PHENOMENAL. The first full day, I had 18-hours uptime and nearly 50% battery life remaining. On the heaviest of usage days, I still have 35%+ remaining. In general, I can go 2-3 days between feeling the Surface 3 needs to be charged. This is a very fortunate thing, because it means I only have to charge the Surface 3 overnight when it does need a charge. The Surface 3 takes forever to charge. I am using the bundled power adapter but my own cable. The included micro-USB cable is shorter than I prefer, and the connection to the surface is very loose. My third party cable is longer and has a nice snug and secure connection into the Surface 3. It can take 3 to 6 hours to charge a Surface 3 depending on battery levels and whether the device is being used. It should have a USB 3 type-C connector for charging as it would charge must faster. (My second "want" for its successor.)
     
    Behind Mail, Calendar and OneNote... Tweetium, TubeCast and outcoldplayer are my most used apps. outcoldplayer is for accessing my Google Play Music library. TubeCast is a stopgap whiel I wait for the new Hyper app. Hyper was my goto YouTube app for Windows 8. However, the app was pulled so the developer could work on a a updated version supporting the new APIs Goolge wants devs to use. CrossyRoad is a favorite of mine. And the best experience I have had playing it has been on my Surface 3. It just looks so good with the extra screen real estate. Netflix content looks awesome as the screen's color accuracy s better than the Pro 3 and the speakers are front-facing and clear. My Bose SoundLink Around-Ear headphones paired easily and work well too. Below is my current Surface 3 Start screen showing the apps I use daily.
     
    [caption id=attachment_2066" align="aligncenter" width="960] My Surface 3 Start screen[/caption]
     
    What's Next?
     
    I plan to continue tweaking my usage of the Surface 3. Finding new ways to use it, and more apps to play with. I'll keep everyone updated via the SurfaceGeeks Podcast and the Agnostic Tech Podcast and future postings here. The Surface 3 will be my primary tablet, work companion and mobile computer. If things keep going as well as they are, I might even consider upgrading to the LTE model later this summer. Especially if it supports AT&T. If you have't tried a Surface 3... hit up a Microsoft Store or BestBuy. If you don't have one near you... order one. Microsoft has a great 30-day return policy. But you'll likely be pleased. Microsoft got it right again. For me, the Surface 3 is better than the Pro 3. It is so lightweight and easy to hold, that any sacrifices made in performance and screen size are easily forgotten. The Surface 3 is the best tablet I have ever owned. I love using it and know it will be "upgraded" in many ways when Windows 10 and the new universal Windows Apps starting hitting the store.

    Surface 3 starts at $499. The 4GB/128GB used is $599 + $129 for the Surface Type Cover 3 and $49 for the Surface Pen. Learn more here.

    Dave
    I'm talking with a couple of Microserver modification experts and they are going to show me how to get tons of drives inside the Gen 8 Microserver.  Where is the Gen 9 Microserver? ILO, Raid Cards, and much, much more!
     
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    Unboxing the Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I had to have blue! Yes, i picked up a Surface 3 even though I have a red one already.  The blue pen is amazing looking and I have unboxed it on video.  Join the Forums and chat up the Surface 3!
     
     
     

     
     
     
     

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    Surface 3 Review

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Surface 3 will be available to purchase on May 5th, 2015. If you are on the fence about purchasing one I hope this will help you out.  Especially if you are using a Surface Pro 3 right now.  It's my final look at Surface 3.  I suppose we should catch up on what I've done on Surface 3.
     
    First Look and Photo Gallery
     
    Podcasts on Surface 3
     
    Battery Testing the Surface 3
     
    Initial Thoughts on Surface 3
     
     
     
    [gallery ids=2040,2041,2042,2043,2044,2045,2046,2047,2048,2049]
     
     
     
    Movie Mode Battery Testing
     
    The Surface 3 is getting battery life numbers all over the place. I'm testing my own way so let me explain it. I want to know how it performs if I have a video on the device. Playing a movie and screen on time. Almost like if you grabbed the Surface 3 and hopped on a plane. Just for fun I did the same test on both of my Surface Pro 3's, the Core i3 and the Core i5.
     
    Here are the details on the video loop. I have a MP4 of the movie Office Space. It's 720x 464,
    23 FPS. The data rate combined of video and audio is 1633kbps. It's a comedy and it's 1999. Let's test.
     
    No Surprise the Surface 3 outlasted the two Surface Pro's. Here is how long they lasted:
     
    Surface Pro 3 Core i3 - 7 Hours 45 Minutes
    Surface Pro 3 Core i5 - 7 Hours 00 Minutes
    Surface 3 128/4GB - 9 Hours 45 Minutes
     
    The display was set to 35% on all three and I changed the power plan to keep the screen on and not to sleep the machine. I would say the error correction is around Plus or Minus 15 minutes. The other thing that was working in favor of the Surface 3 is it was completely stock software. The Surface Pro 3 had other software installed even though I tried to go through each one and stop services to try to make them even. Wifi was on an they sat side by side and played a movie. I'm betting you would see the same if you jumped on a 10 hour flight and watched a few movies.
     
    Everyday Usage and Standby Battery Tests
     
    I know you have probably heard of Surface RT and Surface 2 draining the battery when it was supposed to be hibernating or sleeping.  Surface 3 fixes that as you will see from my usage and testing below.
     
    This kind of testing is subjective.  Your mileage may vary kind of warning here.  I'm simply using Surface 3 and taking notes.  I'm going to show you some of my raw notes on this test instead of summarizing it.  Here is how I set it up.
     
    Starting with 100 % Charge.
    Stock Surface 3 running IE with two tabs, Outlook.com and Onedrive. One or two other tabs open with light browsing of internet.
    Running Event viewer because I'm a geek and I look at that stuff and using notepad to take notes with.
    Running Windows Mobility Center to see battery status.  This is a cool app.
    Display set to lower 1/3rd around 30 to 35%. Lower than what you would need outside. I tend to conserve when it comes to display brightness. Power set to balanced, default. I never changed anything.
    No apps loaded. No installs. Windows Update ran twice after initial boot.
    WiFi is on and connected. Bluetooth is on but no connections to devices. Not even the pen at this point.
    Touch Keyboard connected.
     
    6:45 PM Went on Battery
    Closed the cover at 10:45 PM and it was at 95% Battery
    At 8 AM the next morning it was at  92% Battery.
    Life took over and I didn't pull the Surface 3 out for another 36 hours.  Thirty Six hours it was cover closed.  When I turned it back on it was at 85%.
     
    I used it on and off for 2 hours and ran it down to 78%.  Cover closed and picked up the next morning and it had only lost another 2%.
     
    Casual use and standby battery use are awesome on Surface 3. Hopefully you can decipher my notes but it should be clear that it only sips a few percentage points overnight and is generally good at managing battery usage day to day.
     
     
     
    Wi-Fi
     
    I wanted to test the Wifi on the Surface 3 vs. the Surface Pro 3 just for grins. I as well as many others
    had trouble with SP3 and WiFi early in its life.  My home Wifi is pretty freaking hideous and I'm waiting on the promised land of eero.  More on that here if you are interested.  I found Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 very similar if not identical in my testing.  I'll spare you the details.
     
    Keyboard
     
    I love the differences of this keyboard.  It's hard to put in words what the differences are.  Yes it's smaller and sometimes I do feel a little cramped on it.  I don't know how I would feel about it if I was on it 24/7 as a writer.   I talked about this keyboard in my initial look but have a few things to add to that.  I like how the function key lights up much like the Caps key does.  Surface Pro 3 does not have this.  It allows you to use old keyboard commands like Alt - F4.
    If you have ever hit the Function 1 or 2 button on the SP3 keyboard and tried to get the screen to dim but
    only managed to dim the keyboard backlight you are in luck. The S3 keyboard has both keyboard dimming and screen dimming.  Yes, you can change the brightness of your keyboard.  That is cool.
     
    I already told you that i keep my screen dim. Now I don't have to fumble
    with the OS to brighten it outside. It's on the keyboard. Share buttons are gone but honestly I always used the swipe in from right to access share. We'll address Windows 10 later so don't go there!
    Print Screen! Yes, finally. Capture the whole screen or don't forget Alt-PrtScn grabs the top windows.
    Funny that Alt-Print Screen worked with the Fn lit.
     
    Lapability
     
    I can lap the SP3 like nobody's business. It's very versatile and the ultra position-able kickstand does make it more lapable than the Surface 3. Surface 3 is good, don't get me wrong. I also prefer the 3 position stand over the stiff Surface Pro 3 one. The SP3 has that last little angle needed to get a perfect position while sitting on the couch.
    The Pen
    I rarely used the pen with Surface Pro 3 but I wanted to try it out on the Surface 3. I paired it up manually because in the setup it didn't ask for the pen. I assume that is because it is an optional accessory. Duh.
    Surface 3 has an app on it called Drawboard PDF. I gave it a try and it was great for reading a PDF manual. It struck me how awesome it was at reading when I pulled the keyboard off and put it in portrait mode and handled it like a book. The Surface 3 does this very nicely where the Pro 3 is just too big and heavy.
    Back to the pen, I annotated on a PDF with this app and it(the app) was an average experience. The erase was very blocky unlike OneNote. Example, if you write the word Pen and hold the erase button and tap the "n" it will erase the whole word. In OneNote you have more granular control and would be able to erase the "n" and be able to re write it neater. UPDATE: Drawboard contacted me and informed me there is a setting in the app to enable more granular control of the eraser. Good on them.  Don't forget that this is a Free app on Surface 3 that normally costs $9.99. I'm going to continue to use it and will keep you informed.
     
    I'm not knocking on the pen however.  There are more apps in the store to take advantage of the pen including Word and OneNote.  I loaded up a ton of photos in Word and made notes with the pen.  I found it a good experience and will probably use the pen more with Surface 3.  I can't give you a "Pro" experience with apps and pen but will probably do a podcast on it with some of my colleagues.
     
    Ports and Buttons
    If you are coming from the Surface Pro 3 like myself you are going to hate the location of the volume rocker. I can't tell you how many times I've turned my Surface screen off while just trying to turn the volume up. I mentally tell myself that it's close to the power button, don't hit the power button. I'll still hit it by accident sometimes. I would prefer the volume be on the left side but understand that it might not have fit there due to internals. (Update: It was reported this change is due to the dock.)
     
    General Use
    I've been trying to max this thing out. Kill it, another words. I can bog it down pretty good but I have not been able to melt it. There is noticeable lag in browsing and use if you have a lot of stuff open at once.
     
    My typical day includes 10 to 20 tabs in Chrome. Sometimes that many in IE. Tweetium, Evernote, and OneNote always open. Several explorer instances, a Chrome Facebook Messenger plugin, and more. I do file copies, Remote Desktop sessions, and Paint. Yes, paint. More often than not I'm doing all this at once. Memory has been my issue on Surface 3 with all those Chrome tabs. (i can't wait for the new Edge browser) Chrome is a killer on memory no matter what you are using so take that with a grain of salt. When I'm in the middle of a day like this I'm at 75% memory usage and most of it is the browser.
     
    It holds up well. Yes, the Surface Pro 3 i3 is better at it but this Surface 3 holds its own.  I have a Core i7 desktop for heavy lifting so for me the Surface 3 easily replaces the Pro 3 i3 as my portable device.
     
    Section Follow Up: I decided to finish up the review on the Surface Pro 3 to get a feel for the change.  Ahhhhhhh, more room! The size is nice.  The keyboard is not as "clickie" as the Surface 3 but still nice and roomy.  The extra .5" of trackpad is also a plus.
     
    Who is buying Surface 3?
     
    I paid $666 for my Surface RT 32 and a touch keyboard. I paid just as much for Surface 2 when it came out. Ugh. Surface 3 starts at $499 and the Type Cover is $129. If only Surface 3 had started from the beginning! I would be much thicker in the wallet but I know you have to start somewhere.
    You can still find Surface 2 in the online store but it's not available for purchase.
     
    I don't want to take the Surface Pro 3 away from anybody. It's a great device. However, if you are a Surface Pro 3, Core i3 user and are looking for more portability the Surface 3 is for you. I have easily converted from the i3 to this. If you are a web surfing, email checking, facebook posting, i3 user then you will love this new Surface. If you do it mainly from your comfy chair or couch you might want to check the lapability section above. Test the Surface 3 at the store.
     
    Maybe you have the Surface Pro 3 docked and are looking for a more portable solution? Keep it docked and go with Surface 3. It fills that gap. If you don't, get a dock for your Pro 3 and park it at a desk. Take it out when you need to but keep Surface 3 floating around the kitchen. (yes, my poor SP3 Core i3 is lonely and jealous)
     
    Touch is king.  Don't even think about buying something that doesn't have it.  I'm talking you Macbook and Air!  This new Surface will fit so many needs I can't begin to list them all. It's not a little brother to the Surface Pro 3 as it stands on it's own and fills a need that was left open by the price and power of Surface Pro 3.  It's a great device at a great price. Don't forget Office 365 comes with it. Surface Pro 3, not. Don't expect to install Office elsewhere. It's for the Surface 3 and one tablet only.
     
    I've only tested the 4 Gb of RAM version of the Surface 3. I might have a different opinion of the 2Gb less expensive version. I know it's $100 more but the 4Gb version has 128Gb's of storage. I'm going to recommend this version.
     
    There is only one reason I can tell you not to buy Surface 3 right now. If you need even more portability the 4G LTE version will be relased Summer 2015.
     
    David McCabe
     
    Surface MVP

    Dave
    I've tested the battery life on the Surface 3 my own way and I'll share the results with you and John Wiskowski on this edition of Surface Geeks.
     
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    All About Azure on Home Server Show 281

    By Dave, in Blog,

    I'm talking with Jim Collison and Dewain Robinson on this episode and we are talking about Azure.  If you think that you can't use it because you don't have MSDN, think again! This was a fun one and I learned a lot.
     
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    SaaS - Software as a Service (Office 365 / Dynamics CRM / Etc.)  Microsoft brands it as product name
     
    PaaS - Platform as a Service (SQL Azure / Azure Machine Learning / Etc.)  Microsoft brands as Azure
     
    IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service (Virtual Machines / Express Route / Networks)  Microsoft brands as Azure
     
     
     
    Network connection options
     
    Point to Site VPN
     
    Site to Site VPN
     
    Express Route (MPLS)
     
     
     
    All use a Gateway and there are two types of Gateways (Standard and High Performance)
     
    Standard - 10 connections (100 Mbs VPN)
     
    High Performance - 30 connections (200 Mbs VPN)
     
    Express Route (10 Mbps - 10 Gbps)
     
     
     
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    Secure Virtual Network Cross - Premises Connectivity - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133798.aspx
     
     
     
    Azure Subscription Limits - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/
     
     
     
    Setup a Site to Site VPN using RRAS - http://blogs.technet.com/b/diegoviso/archive/2014/10/28/creating-a-site-to-site-s2s-vpn-to-azure-with-rras-and-one-physical-nic.aspx
     
    Video walk through -
     
    Roles Based Access Control - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/role-based-access-control-configure/
     
    http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/
     
    http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/virtual-machines/
     
    Azure File Storage - SMB Storage
     
    Azure RemoteApp - Publish an application like terminal services - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/remoteapp/
     
    Azure Websites are now Azure Web Apps - 10 free websites
     
    Joomla
     
    Wordpress
     
    Azure Mobile Apps - 10 free websites
     
     
     
    Synology BeyondCloud NAS on Amazon
     
     

    Dave

    Otixo on Home Server Show 280

    By Dave, in Blog,

    How many clouds are you on? Me? Too many!  This episode of Home Server Show we try out Otixo and also have a coupon code to share with you in order to get Otixo for .99 cents a month for 3 months. (29 minutes in)
     
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    Amazon Echo is on the way and we chat about it for a little bit. (mine is out for delivery as of April 17th)
     
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    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
      
     

     
    Figure 1 – One of the Test configurations using two 50x50x20mm Box Fans in addition to the 60x60x15mm Box Fan on the SDM-R2
     
     
     
    One of my first group of tests was to measure the performance of my MicroServer’s OS and Data drives.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Storage Configuration in my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The OS drive (Drive C) is two Corsair GT SSD’s in RAID0 on the B120i
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The data drive (Drive D) is Four ST3000DM001’s in RAID5 on the P222/512FBWC
     
     
     
    Test 1. 50x50x20mm Box Fan on upper right frame directed left towards stacked Corsair GT SSD’s using 9.5mm SSB plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test (Test 1) can be seen in Figure 1 above but with the power leads for the 60x60x15mm Box Fan disconnected.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – TEST 1: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 59C; 05-Chipset = 50C;
     
     
     
    Test 2. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on upper right frame directed left towards stacked Corsair GT SSD’s using 9.5mm SSB plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test (Test 2) can be seen in Figure 1 above.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – TEST 2: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 57C; 05-Chipset = 48C;
     
     
     
    Test 3. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 7 – Fan configuration for Test 3: 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – TEST 3: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 58C; 05-Chipset = 50C;
     
     
     
    Test 4. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed down towards chipset on System Board
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test can be seen in Figure 5 of SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – TEST 4: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 63C; 05-Chipset = 44C;
     
     
     
     
     
    CONCLUSION
     
     
     
    Table 1 – Summary of Temperatures from each test – Fan speeds in all cases were roughly the same at 26% while BIOS cooling profile is set on “Increased Cooling”
     

     
     
     
    After completing the four test configurations above, I believe that the optimal configuration for me is shown by Test 3. Using a 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus a 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222 – with 2 SSD’s stacked in the right bay of the SDM-R2. If I had 2 HDD’s stacked in the right bay of the SDM-R2 and thus putting off much more heat than the SSD’s I think Test 2 would be the better configuration for me.
     
    Test configuration 1 would be optimal if 4 drives were stacked on the SDM-R2.
     
    Test 4 offers some interesting prospects that I hope to look at further down the road. Test 4’s configuration substantially cooled the Chipset – if the exhaust of the 60mm fan could be directed more at the P222 it could bring the PCI-1 temperatures down from 63C.
     
     
     
    Video 1 – SDM-R2 Wrap-Up – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – SDM-R2 removed from my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    As Built as shown in Figure 1
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
    16GB ECC RAM
    OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
    OS Drive: RAID0 Logical Drive 01 made of 2 x 240GB Corsair GT SSDs on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
    Data Drive: RAID5 Logical Drive 01 made of 4 x ST3000DM001 on HP Dynamic Smart Array P222/512FBWC RAID Controller
    Data Drive: USB3 External 3TB drive
    Forward SFF-8087 Cable for internal drives using B120i: StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA
    SDM R2 (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount R2”)
    SSB 9.5mm (“Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket 9.5mm”)
    2 x Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm mounted on SDM R2
     
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The first page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

    Dave

    Synology Unveils New DS1515 and RS815

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Synology fans need to add a couple of new boxes to the list.  A Rackstation and Diskstation this time around. Home enthusiasts may take interest in the 5 Bay DS1515 with its 2 GB of RAM and quad core processor. I wouldn't mind a deeper look at the 1515 to see what this new quad core is and to put the encryption engine and FPU to a test.  It's also scale-able to 15 drives!
     
    Links, pricing, and a press release below!
     
    The Synology DS1515 and RS815 are available now. The MSRP for the DS1515 is $649.99; and the RS815 is $599.99.

    DS1515 - https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1515

    RS815 -  https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/RS815 
     


    Synology Unveils New DS1515 and RS815

    Affordable, Advanced Storage with Plug and Play Scalability and Remote Accessibility

     

    Bellevue, Washington— April 14, 2015— Today, Synology® America Corp. launched the new DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 for businesses and individuals who have outgrown rudimentary storage, and need enterprise features at an affordable price. Both multi-bay NAS run the award-winning DiskStation Manager 5.1 providing: remote access, scalability, unparalleled reliability, cross-platform file sharing, and 24/7 security solutions – all in an energy efficient, money-saving design.

     

    “The DS1515 and RS815 offer excellent value for growing companies that need easy scalability, with on-the-fly plug and play expansions, 8221; said Synology Product Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan. “Plus, work groups can use these NAS with Cloud Station and sync their files when they are on the go.”

     

    DS1515


    For small work groups and creative professionals; the DS1515 offers cross platform file sharing, remote access with mobile devices, and scalability to add storage in the future. Synology’s powerful DS1515 is the company’s first 5-bay Value series model with a quad core CPU, hardware encryption engine, and four built-in Gigabit LAN ports that can provide link aggregation for increased performance or high availability to minimize downtime. Individuals can also use the device for advanced, physical security for home and office.
    RS815


    The compact RS815 is a 4-bay rack mount that is only 12 inches deep and scalable up to 48TB with expansion units. Because of its easy two-post installation, the RS815 is perfect for businesses with limited space and large storage needs.  Additionally, home theater enthusiasts can centralize their large multimedia collections into one entertainment hub that can be accessed remotely. They can stream music and video from anywhere, at any time – as long as there is a web connection.
    Avoid Down Time, Better Reliability, and Included 3-Year Warranty for Peace of Mind

    With hot swappable ability for the DS1515 and the RS815, users can easily configure and manage RAID for better reliability and avoid downtime. The DS1515 can use High Availability
    – in case a server fails, there is a seamless transition to another server that is in the cluster, so operations can continue.  The DS1515 also has four Gigabit LAN ports for network redundancy for unexpected hardware failure, and hot swappable drives that minimize system downtime during drive replacement.
     

    24/7 Security Solutions with Remote Access


    At no additional cost, the DS1515 and RS815 offer 24/7 home and office security, when they are used with Synology’s Surveillance Station package. Provided with two default camera licenses, users can connect and manage IP cameras remotely; watch live views; record events; and take snapshots with their computer or mobile device.  Smart analytics detect motion and can send alerts to users via email and the DiskStation Cam.
     
     
    Price and Availability
    The Synology DS1515 and RS815 are available now. The MSRP for the DS1515 is
    $649.99; and the RS815 is $599.99.
     

    For more on the DS1515 and the RS815, visit: https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1515  and https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/RS815.

     

    ###

     
    About Synology

    Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information.
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Preparing to mount the SDM-R2 (with Fan mounted in Left 2.5” Drive space and Two 9.5mm Corsair GT’s mounted in the Right 2.5” Drive space using a 9.5mm SSB Kit) into my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    I was excited to live test the SDM-R2 with a fan mounted in the Left 2.5” drive space and my two 9.5mm Corsair GT’s mounted in the Right 2.5” drive space using the 9.5mm SSB Kit.
     
     
     
    The first thing I needed to do was add a connector onto the end of the 60x60x15mm box fan.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Preparing to add power connector to end of 60x60x15mm Box Fan power leads
     
     
     
    Video 1 – Preparing the Fan Connection before Mounting onto the SDM-R2
     

     
     
     
    Next: I needed to mount the 60x60x15mm Box Fan onto the SDM-R2 next to my two stacked Corsair GT’s. See Figure 1.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The layout of the SDM-R2 showing the Left and Right 2.5” Drive Bay’s – See also Figures 5 & 6 and Video’s on Mounting VelociRaptors & SSD’s on the SGDM in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look . A single thin 3.5” drive can also be attached – see Figure 7 and Video “Mounting 3.5”Thin Hard Drive to the SGDM” in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
     
     
    Video 2 – Mounting the Fan onto the SDM-R2
     

     
     
     
    Next, I mounted the SDM-R2 in my MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The SDM-R2 is mounted at the two screw points highlighted on the MicroServer PSU. See also Figure 4 of The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
     
     
    Video 3 – Installing the SDM-R2 into my MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 4 – Finishing the Installation of the SDM-R2 into my MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Figure 5 shows the completed installation of the SDM-R2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – Installation of SDM-R2 completed
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Before switching out the SDM-R1 for the SDM-R2 I had been running Windows Server 2012-R2 on My Gen8 MicroServer. I continued with this install of S2012R2 for my testing.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Firmware on my Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Storage Configuration on my Gen8 MicroServer. The Two Corsair GT's are in a RAID0 on the B120i and hold my OS while the P222 has Four ST3000DM001's in RAID5 for my Data
     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review as I start to look at performance and temperature tests with different fan configurations.
     
     
     
    The next page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Testing and Wrap-Up – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: SSB – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
      
     

     
    Figure 1 – Three SSB kits: Two 7mm SSB kits on the left; One 9.5mm SSB kit on the right
     
     
     
    In February, 2015, Schoondoggy announced that he had made Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets (“SSB”) in 7mm and 9.5mm sizes.
     
    The original intention was to be able to use the SSB’s on the SDM (SDM-R1 and SDM-R2) but clearances with the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer (“MicroServer”) frame would only allow the use of the 7mm SSB on the left side of the SDM while the 9.5mm and 7mm SSB could be used on the right side of the SDM.
     
     
     
    Video 1 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 1 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    One possible configuration is using a 7mm and a 9.5mm SSB kit on the SDM as shown in Figure 2 and Video 2.
     

     
    Figure 2 – Two SSD’s, stacked using a 7mm SSB kit, mounted on a 3.5” to 2.5” drive bay convertor.   In the background Four drives are mounted on the SDM-R2 using a 7mm SSB kit for the SSD’s on the left and a 9.5mm SSB kit for the Western Digital 1TB HDD’s on the right.
     
     
     
    Video 2 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 2 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    While another possible configuration is using two 7mm SSB kits on the SDM as shown in Figure 3 and Video 3.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Two 1TB Western Digital 2.5” HDD’s, stacked using a 9.5mm SSB kit, mounted on a 3.5” to 2.5” drive bay convertor. In the background Four SSD’s are mounted on the SDM-R2 using two 7mm SSB kit’s.
     
     
     
    Video 3 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 3 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review as I start to look at a configuration that shows the real value of the SDM-R2 with SSB’s and illustrated by Figure 4.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – 60x60x15mm Blower Fan mounted in left 2.5” bay of SDM-R2 and Two 9.5mm SSD’s stacked using the 9.5mm SSB in the right 2.5” bay of SDM-R2
     
     
     
    Note: In SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer and The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look I used 15mm VelociRaptors which wouldn’t offer enough clearance to stack.
     
     
     
    The next page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- SDM-R2 with Screws and thick tape; Fan Mounting Kit; Two 7mm SSB's; One 9.5mm SSB
     
     
     
    In December 2013 I had the good fortune to test the Beta version of the Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM-Beta”) that was designed to be used to mount additional two 2.5” drives or one 3.5” lower profile drive inside the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer (“MicroServer”) next to the Power Supply Unit (“PSU”) of the MicroServer. I wrote about my tests in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look .
     
     
     
    I was convinced that the SDM-Beta was as nearly perfect as could be achieved but Schoondoggy proved me wrong by making 4 significant improvements that he incorporated into the pre-production/production version of the SDM (“SDM-R1”):


    Tabs have been lengthened
    Tabs have been move down slightly to move the top of the SGDM/SDM to the Gen8 frame
    Screw slots in Tabs have been lengthened to allow for adjustment of SGDM/SDM placement next to the PSU
    Drive holes have been countersink
     
     
    I wrote up my review of the SDM-R1 in SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer in February 2014.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- SDM-R2 with Screws and thick tape plus Fan Mounting Kit in upper right
     
     
     
    Recently, Schoondoggy designed a new version of the SDM-R1 called SDM-R2 that enhances the utility of the original designs. Specifically the SDM-R2:


    Retains all of the capability of the SDM-R1 (countersunk mounting holes for two 2.5” drives or one 3.5” low profile drive; lengthen tabs; screw slots in the tabs to allow mounting adjustment)
    Removes the top bar that ran across the top of the SDM-R1 and thus lower the weight making the SDM-R2 easier to mount
    Adds a cushioned double sided tape square to provide additional stability alongside the PSU
    Adds three counter sunk holes to allow the mounting of a 60mm fan in the left 2.5” drive space
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Two 7mm SSB's and One 9.5mm SSB
     
     
     
    To supplement the SDM-R2 Schoondoggy developed a number of kits:


    7mm Stacking Brackets (“SSM”) that enable the stacking of two 7mm 2.5” drives (like SSD’s)
    9mm Stacking Brackets (“SSM”) that enable the stacking of two 9mm 2.5” drives (like SSD’s, HDD’s)
    Fan Mount Kit that contains screws, nuts, and washers to mount a 60mm fan on the left 2.5” drive bay
    With the 7 and 9mm SSM’s one can mount four 2.5” drives on the SDM-R2 or one could mount a fan in the left 2.5” drive bay and two 2.5” drives in the right drive bay!
     
    Hypothetically, one could mount four drives on the SDM-R2 using some combination of SSB’s controlled by the B120i or an add-on controller card and still have the ODD SATA port on the System Board available for either an ODD or 2.5” drive in the ODD bay area. Of course, many other configurations are possible!
     
     
     
    Video 1 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 1 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 2 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 2 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 3 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 3 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review.  SDM-R2 Review: SSB -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

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    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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